Anthony CornicelloPhoto by Maria Cornicello I think a common practice has been emerging during the last half-century, a new sense of harmonic clarity, often with a very slow rate of change. The mid-century avant-garde composers tended to use fast-moving harmonies that often encompassed the chromatic aggregate. For the listener, the result was often a dense […]
Benjamin PiekutPhoto by Megan Wolf When I initially spoke with friends and colleagues about the notion of a new “common practice,” I became aware that the concept is not nearly as widely-recognized as I had initially thought. Is it a set of performance techniques? Is it neo-romantic symphonic music? Or could it be defined as […]
Finding a new common practice where anything is possible.
The quest for common ground in music seems as fanciful as searching for El Dorado.
Anthony Cornicello, Dave Douglas, Stephen Hartke, Petr Kotik, Jeffrey Mumford, and Augusta Read Thomas consider the possibility.
Roberto Sierra and Chinary Ung The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra are among the first cultural organizations to benefit from the Joyce Foundation‘s newly established Joyce Awards, a funding initiative designed to support mainstream Midwestern cultural organizations commissioning works by artists of color. Each organization will receive a grant of $50,000 […]
Mrs. Laura Bush and NEA Chairman Dana Gioia at the news conference announcing the proposed increase.Photo by Jim Saah President George W. Bush is requesting an $18 million budget increase for the National Endowment for the Arts to fund a major new initiative, American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius, Laura Bush announced today. To […]
After looking at the nominees list for the 76th annual Oscar race released this morning, the same ‘Oh, of course,’ reaction hit me once again. No surprises (except perhaps that John Williams didn’t get nominated this year), but who expected one? Still, no need to play ostrich with head buried firmly in sand. Keeping track […]